October 16, 2016
This shoot makes my heart so happy! I was over the moon when Andrea reached out to me to collaborate. We had worked together once before on one of my favorite weddings and I was thrilled with how her florals made such a stunning impact.
Andrea dreamed up the vision for this shoot and invited a ton of all-stars to join us! I remember when she told me she had asked Amber Veatch to style and I think I may have actually done a happy dance. Amber is fairly new to the area and I had been itching to work with her.
Andrea Layne envisioned a casually elegant wedding set under the oak trees of a southern garden with influences of the Tuscan hillside. She saw the couple coming together with their family and friends to celebrate love and enjoy delicious food late into the evening. The sweeping oaks and spanish moss at the Laurel Wood Gardens, in Dade City, Florida, proved to be the perfect backdrop for this celebration (somehow Andrea also managed to find this diamond in the rough venue…!)
Andrea collaborated with Amber Veatch Designs to plan, curate and style this romantic, European villa-inspired look. Together, they pulled together beautiful, timeless details that appeal to a modern, relaxed bride.
Our bride, Olivia, wore a stunning v-neck lace dress provided by The Bride Tampa, complete with illusion neckline and a delicate lace peplum tied around her waist. Her hair was tousled in soft effortless waves created by Stephanie of SMP Hair & Makeup (she is amazing – she did my bridal hair and makeup!) for a classic, natural look that suits every bride.
The bride carried a lush, garden-style, hand-tied bouquet filled with plum and butter yellow ranunculus, tree peonies, garden roses, and copious amounts of eucalyptus, olive branches and rosemary (be still, my heart). Velvet ribbons in marigold and dusty blue were wrapped and flowing around the stems.
Olivia’s bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses provided by Bella Bridesmaids Tampa. One was a soft gray wrap Ceremony by Joanna August dress with twisted strap details. The other was a dusty blue tulle dress by the Jenny Yoo Collection with an ivory top by Ceremony by Joanna August, which were paired together to create a two-piece look. Their curled and braided updo’s helped display their gorgeous fresh floral necklaces, created by Andrea Layne Floral Design.
The invitation suite from Shine Wedding Invitations set the stage for the event. Complete with hand scripted font and flawless marigold floral envelope liners, guests were instantly welcomed to this southern wedding with a Tuscan state of mind. And that dreamy calligraphy font was carried throughout the rest of the accompanying stationary from the menus to the buffet labels to the escort cards that were attached to the favor bottles.
Styled flawlessly by Amber Veatch, the wedding party enjoyed the charcuterie and antipasti table, complete with european cheeses, a variety of meats, pasta salads, tomato and basil caprese skewers, assorted bread and crackers, and an olive oil bar!
Lined with a hand dyed, dusty blue gauze runner, the wooden farm tables from Set Rentals welcomed guests to take a seat and enjoy the warm evening filled with good food, lots of laughter and shared memories. At each setting, guests were welcomed with a menu, wooden charger, a loaf of rosemary bread, a glass of Italian wine, and golden flatware provided by Set Rentals. Olive branch garlands graced the backs of the café chairs from Wish Vintage Rentals.
Trudy Melissa Cakes provided a three tiered naked cake, with ribbons of vanilla buttercream between the layers of moist butter cake. It was perched on a table that looked like it has been plucked right out of a Tuscan villa and a wooden crate, both from Wish Vintage Rentals. It was decorated with herbs and a floral topper by the baker and the floral designer.
At the end of the evening, guests would take home their Limoncello favors, providing them with an easy way to escape back to this perfect day, celebrating Lucca and Olivia.
It was a dreamy wedding inspiration that ended with a beautiful sunset and some sweet kisses.
A huge thank you to all of the vendors that made this incredible! Concept, Planning & Floral Design: Andrea Layne Floral Design // Planning, Styling & Event Design: Amber Veatch Designs // Rentals: Set Rentals & Wish Vintage Rentals // Venue: Laurel Wood Gardens // Bride’s Dress: The Bride // Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Tampa // Hair & Makeup: SMP Artistry (Stephanie Paul) // Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes // Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations
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